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To not cut grapes

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FreedomBird Thu 14-May-20 07:39:45

I have a 3 and a 7 year old. And I no longer cut their grapes.

Me and DP had a massive barney about it last night and I’d like to know if I’m BU.

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AndMyHairWillShineLikeTheSea Thu 14-May-20 07:40:03

Yes YABU !

Themostwonderfultimeoftheyear Thu 14-May-20 07:40:31

The 7 year old should be fine but I would definitely still be cutting them for the 3 year old.

bluestarsatnightfall Thu 14-May-20 07:40:31

Not for the 7 year old but definitely for the 3 year old. It won't even take a minute so why risk a child choking?

DonLewis Thu 14-May-20 07:40:58

The 3 yo still needs grapes cut. Their windpipes are smaller than grapes at that age.

TwistyHair Thu 14-May-20 07:41:04

I’d still cut them

BrokenBrit Thu 14-May-20 07:41:14

Yes! Cut them. Children die from whole grapes, plus it only takes a minute. No brainer really, 3 is still tiny.

Rubyroses3 Thu 14-May-20 07:41:50

Why put your 3 year old at risk for the sake of spending an extra 2 minutes to cut them?

Butterflyonmyshoulder Thu 14-May-20 07:42:07

Why wouldnt you?

FudgeBrownie2019 Thu 14-May-20 07:42:27

YABU - I would at their ages.

I know humans have been eating grapes for thousands of years but grapes are tricky little fuckers and the exact right shape and size to get lodged in a childs throat. For the sake of a couple of extra minutes cutting I'd just do it, particularly for your 3 year old.

I never let mine eat grapes anywhere but at home at the table - no wandering about the house with a bunch the way I did as a child.

Lemondropsandgumdrops Thu 14-May-20 07:42:30

I’m not sure why you wouldn’t really. For the time it takes to cut them, compared to the problems that could arise if you didn’t, surely just cut them?

ScubaSteven Thu 14-May-20 07:42:53

YABU - why wouldn’t you? Since there’s even an issue about which way they should be cut it’s pretty clear there’s a risk.

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BlackAndWhiteCat01 Thu 14-May-20 07:43:36

Why wouldn’t you? Laziness? Why risk it ?

Jeezoh Thu 14-May-20 07:44:31

You absolutely should be, baffled you need to ask!

theseriousmoonlight Thu 14-May-20 07:44:38

I would for the 3 year old, certainly. It only takes a few seconds (as pp have pointed out). Better to be safe than sorry.

KuckFnows Thu 14-May-20 07:45:15


Uncut grapes have killed children due to choking.

Why on earth would you risk it????

I don't understand your reason for not doing so.

CaptainBlunderpants Thu 14-May-20 07:45:41

Yes for the 3 year old. They can completely obstruct their windpipe. And cut them length ways, not across.

Flamingolingo Thu 14-May-20 07:45:54

A doctor friend has unfortunately first hand experience of trying to save several children with grapes lodged into their windpipe, or certifying death. He said that the overwhelming majority were older than you would expect, at 4-6 years old. If they will eat cut grapes I’d cut them up!

Wigglegiggle0520 Thu 14-May-20 07:45:54

Why would you risk it? Like a PP said it literally takes a minute to cut them.

icelollycraving Thu 14-May-20 07:46:41

Yabvu. Of course you should shock particularly the younger one.

TypicalMeBreakMyTypicalRules Thu 14-May-20 07:47:24

Yes! Because the skin is tough to break, the grape is moved to the back of the mouth, to be crushed by the molars. When the skin breaks, juice can shoot out and this can trigger the gag reflex. And as pp have said, grape is right size&shape to block.

BeingATwatItsABingThing Thu 14-May-20 07:47:30

I’ve only just stopped cutting them for my 6yo and now I hover over her while she eats them to make sure she chews each one. I’m also paranoid about apples after a family friend’s daughter started choking on a piece of apple at 7. Her dad was there and was able to dislodge it but it could have been so much worse!


Ohtherewearethen Thu 14-May-20 07:49:48

Could you live with yourself if your child choked on a grape you couldn't be bothered to cut?

BeingATwatItsABingThing Thu 14-May-20 07:49:59

I’ll add that when I cut grapes, I cut them into quarters lengthways so they can’t get stuck.

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